I have always done extensive research on a product that I’m going to spend a lot of money on before I purchase it. This product however, I purchased on a whim at a black Friday sale because of it‘s price. I am very happy and satisfied with the televisions appearance and performance. With all that said, here’s my contribution to rating the TV.
First of all, if you don’t currently own a video device that outputs a HD signal (DVD player, satellite receiver, cable box, gaming console) don’t expect this or most other HD TV’s to perform a visual miracle of converting a 480 signal line signal (normal video output from standard definition devices) to the 720signal lines capability that this television displays (We do however, have several local television stations that do broadcast HD over the air, I put a splitter on my satellite cable and attached a small rabbit ear antenna and the HD channels come in great). I have an Xbox 360 that is capable of sending a 480p,720p or 1080i signal to the TV. The visual gaming on the Polaroid with Xbox360 at 720p is phenomenally out of this world. The HD over the air signal on the Polaroid is also really great.
Watching DVDs on the Polaroid using the Xbox360 as the player is ok. The Picture quality is not as good as my old 25” Magnavox, but that’s because the Xbox360 only outputs a 480p signal when it comes to DVDs. ( I am looking at purchasing a DVD player with up scaling feature that makes the picture look near HD quality, but that’s another review for another day). I have downloaded theatrical previews of movies in HD Format from xbox live to my 360’s hard drive, and am amazed at the quality of the sound and picture. I also have Dish Network(regular package, not HD) that is hooked up to the TV. Watching the satellite channels on this TV is not impressive, once again it’s because of the 480p signal.
Bottom line, for the price, If you have HD video components and are looking for a great television a even better deal, this is the TV for you.
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